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Granby girl with rare condition waits for kidney transplant

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A family in Granby, Missouri is hoping for an Easter miracle this year, as their daughter continues to wait for a kidney transplant.

14-year-old Brittany Phelps has a passion for painting.

This month marks one year since she was diagnosed with Micrscopic Polyangiitis, a rare condition found in just three in a million people, which has left her kidneys failing and in need of a transplant.

"It's scary at first and it kind of hurts, but then you will get used to it," Brittany said. "It will feel like a regular thing."

Brittany requires dialysis treatment every night, and monthly visits to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Insurance has only covered so much.

Brittany's mother, Tonya, is now unable to work due to Brittany's condition, and estimates their family has paid $10,000 to $15,000 out of pocket so far.

"We still have a huge hospital bill," Tonya said.

The Phelps family has set up a GoFundMe account, in hopes of helping to cover some of the medical expenses.

Tonya says, even a small donation, to her, would be considered an Easter miracle.

"It means a lot to us," she said. "It really does, because it helps and takes a little bit of the stress off of everything that we have to do."

Continual medical treatment is needed to keep Brittany in remission.

She must stay in remission until this summer in order to receive a kidney transplant.

For the family, the transplant would be a long-awaited answered prayer.

"She's just strong and keeps going," Tonya said. "I'll ask her, 'How do you keep your strength?' and she says, 'I believe in God.'"

"He helps me a lot," Brittany said. "When I feel down, He just comes in and makes me happy."

If you would like to make a donation to helping the Phelps family, visit http://www.gofundme.com/bts7dc. 

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